OUR KYOTO

Nishikawa Senrei: Nihon Buyo

July 26, 2011

“You have to tear down the old completely sometimes to build the new in the spirit of the old. When I revive a piece, everything changes. Even if the performers are all the same, we’ve grown, so through repetition the piece will change.”

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Nishijin Harmonies

July 8, 2011

“I’ve always been intrigued by mastery on every level — mastery of one’s skills to use as a focus to purify oneself and to live well, to live happily, and to feel that one is living in a congruent and meaningful form.”

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Parabolic Paintings at Kiyomizudera

June 25, 2011

ART
BY BRIAN WILLIAMS

A World Heritage site, Kiyomizu is the most visited destination in Japan… It was at this matchless and uniquely sited treasure that, on May 14th, 2011, I was given the literally unprecedented privilege of exhibiting my art — debuting my new genre of painting which I call “parabolic painting,” to a one-evening-only gathering of well over two thousand people…

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Behind the Brocade Curtain

June 24, 2011

In the early 1990s I unwittingly moved into a Gion Festival neighborhood…One day I literally stumbled upon the festival’s gigantic floats, some as high as downtown buildings, and marveled at their exquisite adornments of exotic textiles and carvings. I didn’t know what I was looking at, but it blew my mind.

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On Genji Monogatari: A Conversation with Setouchi Jakucho

April 16, 2011

“I started translating The Tale of Genji after turning seventy, though I had well prepared to start for many years by then…”

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The Path to Honen-in

April 15, 2011

For a man who wears so many caps, the shaven-headed priest exudes a genial calm. He talks openly and from the heart; here is none of the closed manner for which Kyoto is famous.

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